The logo of the indian e-commerce company, Flipkart can be seen in this illustration photo in January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Illustration
(Reuters) – the Walmart Inc.-the Indian unit of Flipkart, said late on Thursday it plans to replace almost 40% of the current fleet of delivery vehicles with electric vehicles (EVs) in March 2020, as part of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.
The Bengaluru-based e-commerce company, said it will start the transmission of 160 vans and trucks by 2019-end. Some of these EVs are already plying in the capital city of New Delhi.
Flipkart has strengthened its focus on sustainability, since its $16 billion acquisition by Walmart last year. The company has also expanded its business at a rapid pace, as they compete with rival Amazon Inc. in India, it is the online sales market.
Flipkart for electric vehicles, the first of the large online companies in the country, and the government has been pushing for faster introduction of it to reduce pollution.
“These efforts will help us to make a meaningful contribution in the direction of the electric mobility, as it is the cost-effectiveness of the business. In this process, we hope to create an ecosystem for the uptake of electric mobility in India,” Amitesh Jha, senior vice-president, Ekart and the Marketplace at Flipkart said in a statement.
E-commerce companies in India are also in talks with the government on various policies related to their activities in the country. Earlier this week, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in a meeting with the e-commerce companies, including Flipkart, to discuss compliance with the new foreign investment rules, Reuters reported, citing sources.
In a statement dated June 27, Flipkart said, ” it is to work with local partners to co-design the concepts for the Ess is the most suitable for the growing e-commerce industry.
“We believe that this is a small, but significant, steps in this direction will go a long way in paving the way for greater acceptance of ev’s in the country,” the group’s Chief Executive, Kalyan Krishnamurthy said.
Electric last-mile delivery vehicles which will contribute to the reduction of Flipkart’s carbon dioxide emissions by more than 50%, the company added.
Reporting by Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich